237130_A1_Wk3_Task #2_Writing Response_A response to Wallace, Schirato, and Bright’s “Critical Thinking”_14/03/2016

Ultimately, this text is intended to be a guide of sorts for university students in “thinking, researching, and writing for success”. Its purpose is to provide the reader with the skills to enhance their ability to think critically and analyse; to identify key terms and put them in context with what the author is trying to express, using logic and creative thinking to form conclusions about the author’s intent. The text is successful in this sense. I myself am the exact embodiment of the intended target audience, and I found the text easy to understand and engaging due to the casual phrasing and the way the authors ‘speak’ directly to the reader using a second person point of view.
The point I found most intriguing was that we must “test” every key word or phrase of everything we read for “reasonableness”. This means that we must second-guess the meanings of words that could be interpreted in more than one way, to ensure we fully understand what it is the author intends us to take away from the text. I hadn’t wholly considered this to be a problem, but it caused me to realise that many of the texts I’ve read could have meant something different than what I took away from them. The author’s thorough explanations of the most reliable ways to ‘absorb’ academic texts was enlightening.
Despite the text being engrossing and informative, I didn’t particularly enjoy reading it. I found the author’s tone to be slightly condescending, as if they were writing for an incompetent child. Their authoritave stance was a little too overbearing, and I found it off-putting when reading.

237130_A1_Wk1_Task #2_Personal Response_The art of analysation (a.k.a thinking critically)_09/03/2016

Critical thinking is the conscious act of acknowledging one’s own thoughts and questioning why we hold certain perspectives. It allows us to process what is on our minds, and therefore apply these reformed mindsets to everyday living.
Without critical thinking, there is only subconscious thought – the tiny judgments or ideas that flicker through our brains on a whim. Critical thinking allows us to hone these and turn them into fully formed thoughts.
One such example is if you were to see an overweight passer-by wearing tight clothing; an immediate reaction would be “they shouldn’t wear that, it accentuates their flaws”. Critical thinking would enable us to change this opinion to “they are obviously proud of their body”.
If we apply critical thinking in any situation, we are able to alter the things we have been subconsciously conditioned to think or believe, in order to make these thoughts our own.